The Agate Shop
Photo courtesy: The Agate Stop
Photo courtesy: MTOT
Savage is named for H.M. Savage, supervising engineer for the U.S. Reclamation Service, and is on the Yellowstone River near North Dakota. For many years it was a busy shipping point for grain farmers and river-bottom beet growers. (from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company) Sugar beet farms benefited with the opening of a sugar beet factory in Sidney just 16 miles away in 1925.
The Agate Stop in Savage is home of the Montana Agate Museum. See world class scenic Montana agates set into handcrafted gold and silver jewelry. One of natures largest Montana Yellowstone River Agates (27 pounds) is on display along with many natural, or carved and sculpted, scenic Montana agates. The Agate Stop also houses local art depicting the stories of Captain Clark's journey down the Yellowstone.
Just two miles from Savage, Elk Island Wildlife Management Area encompasses 1,046 acres. Elk Island provides hunting opportunities, primarily for whitetail deer and pheasants. Sharp-tailed grouse, Canada geese, and mallards are common during fall. Several sloughs and small ponds in the area provide cattail and rush habitat for nesting waterfowl and furbearers. A boat launching ramp allows access to the river and islands. Other pursuits include agate hunting, asparagus and berry picking, bird-watching, trapping, boating and fishing, and wildlife viewing.
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